Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Roman Vopat
There is a line of thinking in drafting players that those in the first five rounds are prospect suspects while those taken later are suspect prospects. Roman Vopat was taken in the 7th round, 172nd overall, at the 1994 Entry Draft at the Hartford Civic Center. The St. Louis Blues selected the Czech center with their fourth choice.

Vopat had to go through the same process that affects many European players: He had to learn a new language, improve his conditioning for the longer season, and get used to playing on the smaller ice surfaces. To speed his transition the Blues brought him to North America to play in the Western Hockey League.

His rookie season was in 1995-96 when he saw playing time in 25 games. On February 27, 1996 Roman Vopat's career intersected with that of Wayne Gretzky when he was part of the package sent to Los Angeles for the Hall-of-Famer.

Vopat spent the next two seasons shuffling between the Kings and their minor league teams. In that time he appeared in 29 and 25 games, with nine and three points respectively.

Vopat was prepared for another season of trying to become a regular when the unexpected happened. After playing three games in the 1998-99 season he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche on October 29, 1998. He was prepared to play for the Avalanche but was moved again on November 10th to the Chicago Blackhawks. His stay in Chicago was limited to three games before they too moved him. On November 17, 1998, he was on his way to the Philadelphia Flyers. Over the course of 20 days Vopat had four different employers.

He approached Philadelphia GM Bob Clarke to check if he could unpack. Clarke assured him that it was safe. Vopat did remain with the Flyers through the season but recorded only three assists and 80 penalty minutes. Philadelphia assigned him to their AHL team. On December 19, 1999 the Flyers gave him his release, and more recently, Roman Vopat has been playing in Europe.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov Jr. CzRep-Jr.
1993-94 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 7 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 2 1 3 8
1994-95 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 23 20 43 141 10 4 1 5 28
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 6 0 2 2 2
1995-96 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 7 0 4 4 34
1995-96 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 22 15 5 20 81 18 9 8 17 57
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 2 3 5 48 -8
1995-96 Worcester IceCats AHL 5 2 0 2 14
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 29 4 5 9 60 -7
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 50 8 8 16 139
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 25 0 3 3 55 -7
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 29 10 10 20 93 -5
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 0 0 0 6 0
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 4 -4
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 0 3 3 80 -3
1999-00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 12 1 0 1 12 -3
1999-00 ESC Moskitos Essen Germany 44 8 15 23 171
2000-01 Pelicans Lahti Finland 54 15 13 28 121 3 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Ilves Tampere Finland 30 4 3 7 86
2001-02 HIFK Helsinki Finland 23 9 7 16 91
2002-03 HIFK Helsinki Finland 39 11 12 23 90 4 0 2 2 28
2003-04 HIFK Helsinki Finland 45 10 15 25 118 13 2 0 2 8
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 39 3 2 5 130
2005-06 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 23 4 3 7 87
2005-06 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 27 5 6 11 81
NHL Totals 133 6 14 20 253


Brother of Jan Traded to Los Angeles by St. Louis with Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, St. Louis' 5th round choice (Peter Hogan) in 1996 Entry Draft and 1st round choice (Matt Zultek) in 1997 Entry Draft for Wayne Gretzky, February 27, 1996. Traded to Colorado by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 6th round choice (later traded to Chicago, later traded to Ottawa - Ottawa selected Martin Prusek) in 1999 Entry Draft for Eric Lacroix, October 29, 1998. Traded to Chicago by Colorado with Los Angeles' 6th round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Ottawa - Ottawa selected Martin Prusek) in 1999 Entry Draft for Cam Russell, November 10, 1998. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Mike Maneluk, November 17, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Essen (Germany) following release by Philadelphia, December 19, 1999.